Steven Clayman: Ode To The Virgule

Sometimes called the forward slash,
The virgule far exceeds the dash
In what it can both separate and combine or lash.

Its uses span the graphical, from the breaks/in verse quotations,
Down to the mathematical, as with fractions and equations,
And for the undogmatical, either/or equivocations.

Its recent expansion to web addresses
Extends a succession of great successes.

I tip my hat to you, virgule.
As such a multipurpose tool,
You should be taught in grammar school.

The way you go for broke
Makes you a genius stroke.

No wonder that you pose with such pride and forward bearing.
Your fellow punctuation marks can't hide their furtive staring.
They're often somewhat mulish,
And very by-the-rulish,
But they should loosen up and be a little more virgulish.